Contact sports are sports that involve a high degree of intentional physical contact during the course of the game. These sports typically involve contact through pushing, tackling, striking, and other actions. Some common contact sports include:
- Boxing, karate, and mixed martial arts
Some contact sports may be modified to remove the contact element from the game (for instance, with flag football). These are sometimes known as “limited contact sports”. Sports that involve a very high degree of intentional contact are often known as “full-contact sports”.
What Are Some Common Contact Sports Injuries?
Injuries from playing a contact sport can range from minor to very serious. In some cases they can be more serious than normal sports injuries. Some common contact sports injuries include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Muscle strains
- Knee injuries
- Torn ligaments
Some serious contact sports injuries include head, neck and spine injuries, broken bones, and damage to internal organs. In some cases, serious conditions such as concussion or paralysis can result from very strong contact.
Are There Any Legal Issues Associated with Contact Sport Injuries?
In many cases, participants in contact sports will sign a waiver which releases other participants from legal liability for injuries incurred while playing the sport. In other words, most participants will have consented to the type of activity that occurs during a contact sport.
However, there can be various legal issues involved in a contact sport claim. For instance, legal liability may be found if there is evidence of negligence or recklessness with regards to the injury. This can happen if a player willfully disregards the rules of the sport. Also, intentional injuries or sports violence (i.e., assault) can often occur in connection with contact sports. Such legal claims may result in remedies such as a damages award to compensate the injured party for losses.
Should I Hire a Lawyer if I Have Contact Sports Injury Legal Issues?
Contact sports injuries can sometimes be serious and may involve some complex legal issues as well. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any legal advice or representation regarding a contact sports injury. Your attorney can provide you with guidance for your claim and can assist you with filing, reviewing documents, and other tasks. Also, your attorney can be on hand to represent you during court proceedings and meetings.